"The fear of the LORD is his treasure." (Isa. 33:6)
G old is no substitute for God. Isaiah writes of the righteous,
"the fear of the LORD is his treasure." This fear is simply
the other side of genuine faith. The early church understood what real
riches were. The early church understood the economics of eternal
things, and traded in the currency of consecrated stocks and bonds.
Those stocks were often in prisons and the bonds in persecution, but
they found God’s grace sufficient. The apostle’s purse may not have
held much silver and gold, but the church was rich in God. A widow’s
mite can easily balance the books, and make a ministry mighty. And any
saint worth his salt, knows where the hidden treasure is. It is hid in
God. (Lk. 12:21)
The fear of the LORD is his treasure. Moses must have looked the part
of a fool to those who watched him throw away the treasures of Egypt,
but Moses endured as seeing him who was invisible. He esteemed the
riches of Christ more precious.
By all accounts, Job was wealthy as well. His wealth was not in
camels nor his substance in his seven thousand sheep. His real wealth
was in the vaults of eternity, he "feared God, and eschewed
evil." The fear of the LORD was his treasure. No evil could rob Job
of his real riches. Although every temporal thing was stripped away and
he, in his mortality, was reduced to what all who watched might call
"ruin," Job still had an eternal Trust Fund that remained
intact. He was rich toward God. The fear of the Lord is our treasure.